The quiet should be nice but isn't
I guess we're going to spend the day like this
In psychic screaming
Don't you feel my eye-lasers hit?
Stare you down but god, your skin is thick
What's it take to notice?

Show me you can read my mind
You're useless to me if you
Don't know the why or how
Or what my body needs
Give me something I can feel
Show me you can read my mind

I'm tired of all the war you bring home
I command higher devotion
Better get busy
What makes you think I'd give in for less?
I'm only happy with my happiness
If you push me over it's over

Show me you can read my mind
You're useless to me if you
Don't know the why or how
Or what my body needs
Give me something I can feel
Show me you can read my mind


Lyrics submitted by marsenea, edited by PinchMe

Higher Devotion song meanings
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    General CommentCan't wait to see jim dancing on this one =D
    xLoveIsTheMovementNowxon September 23, 2010   Link
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    My Opinion"In psychic screaming
    Don't you feel my eye-lasers hit?"
    omg that is a great line
    this song isn't one of my favorites but the words are still good.
    krysw44on October 11, 2010   Link
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    General CommentI don't know whether this was the intention, but I know a lot of men fear that their female partners think like the narrator of this song.
    flackyakon October 25, 2010   Link
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    Song MeaningIt's glaringly obvious what this song is about. There isn't subtext written here, it's just a lusty song.

    It's a man (or perhaps a woman, that doesn't matter) that is giving bedroom eyes to a mate, saying without words what he wants done to him,
    "Do you feel my eye lazers hit?"
    but she's not receiving the message
    "God your skin is thick."
    PinchMeon February 06, 2013   Link
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    My InterpretationClearly this song is about Jean Grey and Cyclops. A guy telling his lady to read his mind and asking if she can feel his eye lasers hit? Not a canon description of his powers, I'll admit, but it works.
    VideoGeek989on April 06, 2014   Link
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    My InterpretationThis song is about juvenile difficulties faced by a couple once the "honeymoon phase" had ended. The song is told from the perspective of the man in the relationship, although it is not necessarily favorable to his state of mind.

    The quiet should be nice, but isn't
    I guess we're gonna spend the day like this
    In psychic screaming

    One of the first things that happens to struggling couples after the lust and magic of fresh love has faded is a breakdown of communication. This verse is the man making note that while once quiet was nice, and a mutual part of their relationship, he now knows that the silence is actually filled with thousands of judgments and harsh criticisms of their love.

    Don't you feel my eye lasers hit?
    I stare you down, but God your skin is thick
    What's it take to notice?

    This verse follows the same theme, with the man of the relationship recognizing that the silence betrays happiness, and whatever grudge and anger he carries is born by the weight and wrath of his stare. His woman, however, remains completely unaware of what is happening.

    Show me you can read my mind
    Give me something that I need
    You're useless to me if you
    Don't know the why or how
    Or what my body needs
    Give me something I can feel
    Show me you can read my mind
    Read my mind, read my mind

    The chorus is the most telling aspect of the song. The man is claiming that his lover doesn't actually know anything about him. He wants her to prove her devotion to him, hence the title, "higher devotion," because he feels like she doesn't know what he wants, needs, or likes. Because of the tone the chorus is delivered in though, it is apparent that the man is actually as immature and unprepared for love as he claims his lover is. He wants her to go the extra mile, but he has done nothing to deserve it.

    I'm tired of all the way you bring home
    I command a higher devotion
    Better get busy

    Here is the revelatory statement, where the narrator, the man, reveals that he thinks he deserves a better, more dedicated woman. However, instead of realizing that relationships are mutual efforts, he shows his arrogance by simply commanding his woman to "try harder" at meeting his expectations.

    What makes you think I'd give in for this?
    I'm only happy with my happiness
    If you push me over, it's over

    Continuing his egotistical rant, the man goes on to proclaim that the only thing he finds pleasing is himself, and what he can do for himself. Her "nagging" and "complaining" (the "war" she brings home) does nothing to reinforce the love that is supposed to exist between the two of them.

    The repetition of the chorus serves to reinforce that the relationship has truly begun to die, and the man will never be satisfied by his woman's devotion, for the sole reason that he expects more from her than he deserves.
    SephNiteon November 24, 2014   Link

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